The Dallas Stewart bred, owned and trained Saint’s Fan won the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile with ease.
Saint’s Fan, who was expected to go to post in Saturday’s Grade III $ 200,000 Lecomte Stakes as one of the favorites, will bypass the race, according to breeder-owner-trainer Dallas Stewart. The son of Tale of Ekati drew the outside 12-post in the mile and 70-yard event and was unraced since impressively taking the $ 100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile on Dec. 10. Saint’s Fan is undefeated in two starts, having also impressively won on debut in open company a month prior to his stakes victory. The Lecomte would have been his first start around two turns and beyond six furlongs.
“The post position for his first time going long is the main reason to come out,” Stewart said. “I didn’t think it was in his favor and was a lot going against him, especially going against horses with two-turn experience. I’m going to take a different plan. There’s a stakes race for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs and if not we have the Risen Star. He’s a really nice horse and our first main goal with him is the Louisiana Derby. He worked this morning and worked very well.”
Saint’s Fan, who is out of Stewart’s only broodmare — the Sky Mesa mare Boy Crazy — worked a half-mile in an easy 50 flat on Thursday morning.
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